Feb. 27th, 2012

Ace Poetry

Feb. 27th, 2012 02:43 pm
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The "alternative sexualities / QUILTBAG" theme of the last Crowdfunding Creative Jam inspired a new poetic series, which is off to a very enthusiastic start thanks to some ace friends who moseyed over to give prompts and donations. Hart's Farm is about an intentional community in historic Sweden, where love comes in many flavors. So far there are two asexual characters, Solvig (aromantic asexual, more intellectual than physical) and Rowen (biromantic asexual, highly affectionate, genderqueer).  Also, even the sexual folks reading this series have remarked on the frequent and charming appearance of nonsexual connections in terms of touch, cooperation, and caring.

Current poems:
"Welcome to Hart's Farm"
"In the Palms of My Hands"
"After Dark" (unpublished)
"Rosehips and Honey" (in microfunding now)
"Low-Hanging Fruit" (unpublished)

If you want to see more of Rowen in "Rosehips and Honey," the verses are being revealed one at a time as they get sponsored. I have a permanent PayPal button on my LiveJournal profile page for donations; epic poems usually cost $.50 per line like this one.

There is also a poll running to select a FREE poem, since Hart's Farm has brought in 3 new prompters and 3 new donors (with some overlap). You've got a choice between "After Dark" and "Low-Hanging Fruit," with brief descriptions of the poems appearing above the poll. (There's also a choice for a free steampunk poem from another series that's done well this week. You can vote there too if you wish.)  Voting will be open at least until Tuesday morning.

Overall, this is an example of what crowdfunding can do for folks who want more positive representation in the creative arts.  You can ask for what you want, and probably get it.  You can sponsor it if you love the results, so more folks can see it.  When several people collectively throw their support into a particular project, it can grow pretty fast.  If the topic is one that doesn't get much coverage, such as asexuality, even a small contribution can make a big splash.

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